MIcrosoft’s latest Chromebook ads are amusing but also misleading. Is the company feeling some heat at the low-end of the market? Check our recommended extension that actually helps you manage your extensions. How meta! Read more »
The unusual Android phone with an LCD on the front and an e-ink screen on the back is now on sale in Europe. Read more »
Mint, the popular personal finance app, is finally available on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Read more »
The stealthy startup has stocked its ranks with more Netflix veterans to run its seamless payments system. Read more »
Following its task management hit, the folks behind Any.Do have brought Cal to Android. The sleek and simple looking calendar has tight integrations with other apps and makes it easy to manage your day. Read more »
As the market for connected wearable devices set to grow sharply, Broadcom isn’t sitting on the sidelines. The company’s latest chip includes a processor, Bluetooth Smart and wireless charging support, making it an all-in-one choice for makers of smartwatches and other devices. Read more »
One big advantage of Apple’s Lightning connectors over industry-standard Micro-USB (technically “Micro-B”) connectors is that they can go either way up – you don’t need to look first to see which way to insert it. Perhaps with that in mind, as well as the rise of thinner devices, the USB Implementors Forum said (PDF) on Tuesday that a new Type-C connector will offer the same benefit and more. It will be agnostic not only about orientation but also cable direction, and will be around the same size as today’s Micro-B connectors – prepare to say goodbye to the existing USB plug form factor after the specification is finalised in mid-2014.
The mobile operator’s customers will get to use their domestic voice and data allowances while travelling in the United States, even though Three parent company Hutchison Whampoa doesn’t have a carrier operation there. Read more »
Big customers may want to use OpenStack but need hard metrics on how it performs in very large implementations. Mirantis and iBM are using Rally to fill that need. Read more »
The company has been quietly buying firms to help it build robots that could be used in manufacturing, logistics and quite possibly other sectors, too. Read more »
Wouldn’t it be cool to use any handset to control your TV or to share media around your home? A deal to put Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol on LG Smart TVs brings that reality closer. Read more »
Developed by a German research firm, the sensor-studded shoes should be available for purchase by early 2015. Read more »
It’s been a while since 1996, so Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, said Tuesday that it’s time to rewrite the Communications Act. The plan is to start generating hearings, white papers and the discussions necessary to start this process in 2015. This is a law that governs how communications infrastructure operates, and has its roots in railroad legislation from the 1800s. Since we’re moving beyond the dial-up modems of ’96 and into gigabit connections, an update makes sense. For those who want to follow the legislative action there’s a hashtag (#commsactupdate). Of course.
As music subscription services are looking to bring their apps to the big screen, they might want to consider to take a closer look at Instagram and Co. Read more »
The rocket will deliver a telecommunications satellite to orbit above Earth, where it will serve the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. Read more »
Everyone from BuzzFeed to the Washington Post seems to be chasing after viral content because of the traffic it brings — but all this does is reinforce how doomed the pageview-based model really is Read more »
Hotfile, a file-sharing locker, will pay $80 million to settle a copyright infringement case with the movie industry. The move comes after a judge ruled in August that it lost safe harbor protection. Read more »
A robust series of innovations has made robotics the answer to many challenges from disaster response to military safety. This research will eventually allow humans to be more efficient and effective in challenging environments that are too difficult or too dangerous to access today. Read more »
A court filing published today suggests the successor to the HTC One could arrive “as early as February 2014.” Read more »
Intel’s mobile ambitions aren’t focused solely on the smartphone — it wants Intel inside the gear running telco networks. The chip giant sees a $16 billion opportunity in the networking and communications gear business. Read more »
More people are letting app makers access their Google accounts — MyPermissions expanded to provide instant notifications when a new app asks for data. Read more »
The new 2014 Civic will get an in-dash facelift with the new HondaLink connected infotainment system. The system brings in new apps, navigation services from Nokia and a boatload of integration with the iPhone. Read more »
Joyent adds commercial support to the popular Node.js server-side scripting language where it will compete with Strongloop. Read more »
The objects that come out of design firm Nervous System’s 3D printers may look like a crumpled ball at first, but when you unravel them they transform into dresses, jewelry and other flexible, wearable items. Geometric designs integrated into the items can make them rigid or soft.
Developers wanting to build mobile web apps won’t have to jump through as many hoops: The latest Chrome DevTools includes the ability to emulate an Android device or even connect one to the browser for a screen cast. Read more »
Current law bans guns that can’t be detected by X-Ray machines. But that law is about to expire, forcing Congress to debate whether to address the rise of plastic gun printing. Read more »
The acqui-hire brings two Google infrastructure and image editing veterans to Square’s NYC team. Viewfinder, however, will stop development of its consumer-facing iPhone app. Read more »
After an increasing backlash from some high-profile musicians, Spotify is going on the offensive by sharing some information on how it generates money for the music industry. Aside from average pay-outs, which range from $0.006 to $0.0084 per play, the service is also offering musicians detailed statistics, and even an additional revenue stream: Spotify has teamed up with Topspin to allow bands to sell merchandise through its service.
Netflix said it would be the first customer of a new European internet exchange in New York. The news covers two trends — the growth of the European exchange model and the launch of an effort to bring that model to U.S. shores. Read more »
Once promising battery startup Envia is facing two lawsuits that allege not only does its tech belong to other companies, but its lost its GM deal and hasn’t been able to turn its battery into a product. Read more »
Alcatel-Lucent’s new site-certification program has identified 600,000 locations on billboards, cable lines, and street furniture in the U.S. and Europe as small-cell ready. Read more »
For decades, applications drove IT infrastructure, turning data centers into a tangle of legacy systems. By embracing a software-defined data center built on virtualization and cloud computing, CIOs can shake off outdated IT ideas and shift their focus to innovation and generating revenue instead. Read more »
Serious question: How many companies really need a full fledged platform as a service to build, test and deploy their next-gen apps? Here’s your chance to weigh in. Read more »
PC sales are declining in 2013 more than expected as IDC has revised its estimate downward. Enterprise sales are down around 5 percent but the consumer market is seeing a 15 percent drop as people migrate tasks away from traditional computers. Read more »
Following on the heels of Apple buying Topsy, fellow Twitter-specialist DataSift has announced a $42 million round of venture capital financing. Read more »
Increasing demand for consumer-like user interfaces and sleeker mobile applications in the enterprise pose a real threat to the traditional enterprise-independent software vendors that do not follow suit. Read more at Gigaom Research »
A new algorithm from University of Toronto researchers can predict the identity of untagged photo subjects by analyzing the relationships of the other people (or things) in the photo. Read more »
Samsung has reportedly enlisted Catcher Technology, the same company behind the HTC One and new iPad mini bodies, to build a metal case for the Galaxy S 5. Read more »
It was a spectacular Cyber Monday! And it was the biggest online shopping day in history according to IBM, which tracks online retail via its Digital Analytics service. There was a 20.6 percent increase in online sales, with the biggest boost coming from mobile,which accounted for over 17 percent of total online sales, up 55.4 percent from 2012. Mobile traffic was 31.7 percent of all online traffic, up 45 percent over 2012. The five-day online sales period – from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday – was the highest ever in terms of spending. It was 16.5 percent over the same period in 2012. IBM didn’t share actual dollar figures on amount of money spent.
After selling more than 1 million PlayStation 4 units on the first day of sales in North America alone, Sony has gone on to sell more than an additional million units over the last two weeks. Sony on Tuesday announced that its next-generation console has sold more than 2.1 million units worldwide since its November 15 debut. According to Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House, “It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry.”